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Has your child been diagnosed with, or is suspected to suffer from, deformational plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly, or brachycephaly? You may be prescribed for cranial remolding treatment to correct the shape of his or her head.
ARMAC is proud to offer the SmartSoc™ 3D Capturing System as a gentle approach to reach a diagnosis for your baby. The SmartSoc™ is the latest addition to Orthomerica’s US FDA 510(k) cleared image capture devices for manufacturing of STARBand® cranial remolding orthoses.
It is perfectly normal for your newborn baby to have an abnormal head shape. Abnormal head shapes caused by the birth process should begin to resolve over time, within a few weeks.
However, if any flat spots or abnormal shaping are still apparent, some intervention may be required to correct the problem. To be absolutely sure of the normalcy of your baby’s head shape, please consult your pediatrician.
Our Cranial Specialists are caring and highly trained in treating infants with head shape abnormalities using STARBand® cranial remolding orthoses. We are passionate about providing the best treatment for your child.
Look down upon your baby’s head from above and compare what you see to the diagrams below. Your baby’s head shape will likely approximate one of the shapes in our diagram.
If your child presents with an abnormal head shape, discuss your concerns with your doctor about treatment options. Also, consider bringing your child to ARMAC’s Cranial Center for an in-depth evaluation with our Cranial Team. Even if only to assure yourself that all is normal.
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Many cases of abnormal head shape resolve on their own without need of any intervention. It’s important to try and keep your baby from spending too much time in one position. A baby who spends an excessive amount of time on his or her back in either a car carrier, a crib, swing or rocker can develop head shape abnormalities.
The best way to compensate for the hours your baby spends on his or her back is to do tummy time.
It is recommended that you bring your child to ARMAC for an evaluation as early as 3 months of age for a baseline scan. This will allow our Cranial Team to determine the effectiveness of conservative repositioning efforts in order to make the proper clinical recommendation by 4–6 months of age.
Please be assured that at ARMAC Cranial Center, a visit to have your baby evaluated will not result an automatic decision to have your baby fitted for a head shape correctional device. ARMAC Cranial Team often determines that no intervention is necessary and that simple re-positioning and tummy time will be all that is required.
The SmartSoc™ 3D Capturing System is an easier and more gentle process for baby and parents. Your baby will stay in your arms throughout the entire process. One of our Cranial Specialists will take 2D images of your baby. The images will then be upload and turned into 3D renderings.
All results are evaluated by our specialists and discussed with the family and the patient’s primary care physician.
Our Cranial Team, will discuss with you the level of need for cranial remolding helmet to improve the shape of your developing baby’s head with STARBand® Cranial Orthoses or with possible alternative methods such as tummy time or physical therapy.
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Since 2001, STARBand® has a leader in providing effective management and treatment of a wide variety of head shape abnormalities in infants 3-18 months, such as:
Over 200,000 infants have been successfully treated with the STARBand®, the first cranial remolding orthosis with FDA clearance available to O&P practitioners across the US and around the globe.
Tummy time is one of the possible methods to promote symmetrical head shapes as well as help babies develop strong neck and trunk muscles. Tummy time is any supervised activity that positions your baby on his tummy instead of his back when he or she is awake. The activities include carrying, positioning, feeding and playing with your baby.
Physical therapy is also a possible option to improve the shape of your developing baby’s head. Our Cranial Team will suggest a therapy consult to your pediatrician if necessary.